UPDATE: Travel discouraged as winter storm warning replaces advisory

Light to moderate snowfall is now expected for Lyon and all surrounding counties from Friday night into Saturday morning. Light to moderate snowfall is now expected for Lyon and all surrounding counties from Friday night into Saturday morning. National Weather Service graphic

Wintry weather is underway, leading to widespread travel issues across the KVOE listening area.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Lyon, Morris, Osage and Wabaunsee counties until 6 pm Saturday. This replaces a winter weather advisory for these counties and reflects another increase in expected snow totals. Now 5-7 inches of snow is anticipated, up from 3-5 inches in the Friday morning forecasts.

Elsewhere, Coffey County is in a winter weather advisory until 6 pm Saturday with 4-6 inches of snow possible. Chase County is in an advisory until noon Saturday with 3-5 inches of snow expected. For Greenwood County, the advisory continues until noon Saturday with up to 3 inches of snowfall possible.

Rain fell for much of Friday, with the KVOE studios amassing 0.55 inches of rain before a transition to a heavy, wet snow began shortly before sunset. Travel problems developed soon afterward, with numerous slideoffs and fender-benders reported in and around Emporia. In Lyon County, road and street crews were called out to treat or blade roads around 7 pm, the same time that authorities began advising drivers to stay off roads if they could avoid traveling. Roads are snowpacked and icy areawide.

Snow is likely to continue through mid-morning Saturday before ending.

Several schedule adjustments have been announced:

*Emporia City Commission’s Legislative Breakfast with area lawmakers Saturday has been canceled.
*Emporia High School basketball doubleheader at Junction City has been postponed to Feb. 2.
*Emporia State University basketball doubleheader at Missouri Western has been pushed from Saturday to Sunday. Tip times are 2 pm for the women's game and 4 pm for the men's game. Coverage on Mix 104.9 FM, KVOE.com and the Mix 104.9 FM app begins at 1:40 pm Sunday.

To report a schedule adjustment:

*Call KVOE at 342-1400
*Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
*Post directly to KVOE’s Facebook or Twitter pages

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management says the Kansas National Guard is on standby with Stranded Motorists Assistance Response Teams to help law enforcement with stranded drivers if needed.

Both KDEM and WIBW-TV encourage drivers to track winter driving conditions by calling 511 or by going online to www.kandrive.org. They also advise you to have a full tank of gas and an emergency kit in your vehicle -- and to have a fully-charged cell phone -- if you have to brave the elements.

Click here for schedule adjustments.

5:30 pm Friday: Up to 6 inches of snow now possible just north of Emporia

Potential snow totals have increased for KVOE listeners along and north on US Highway 56.

The latest guidance from the National Weather Service indicates 4-6 inches of snow will fall across northern Lyon and Osage counties, along with most of Morris and Wabaunsee counties. Totals of 2-5 inches may well be standard across the rest of the listening area, including Emporia.

Temperatures could still alter the final snow amounts. Overnight lows are expected now around 31 degrees, but snow totals will be reduced if lows stay above freezing.

The light rain evident across the listening area since shortly after sunrise has had some snowflakes and sleet mixed in Friday afternoon. A changeover from rain to snow is likely from mid-evening to around midnight, and moderate snow is expected overnight Friday through about mid-morning Saturday.

Slick roads are expected. Snow removal crews at the city, county and state levels have been preparing for possible clearing efforts for much of Friday.

Current schedule adjustments:

*Emporia State University basketball doubleheader at Missouri Western has been pushed from Saturday to Sunday. Tip times are 2 pm for the women's game and 4 pm for the men's game. Coverage on Mix 104.9 FM, KVOE.com and the Mix 104.9 FM app begins at 1:40 pm Sunday.
*Emporia High School basketball doubleheader at Junction City has been postponed to Feb. 2.

To report a schedule adjustment:

*Call KVOE at 342-1400
*Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
*Post directly to KVOE’s Facebook or Twitter pages

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management says the Kansas National Guard is on standby with Stranded Motorists Assistance Response Teams to help law enforcement with stranded drivers if needed.

Both KDEM and WIBW-TV encourage drivers to track winter driving conditions by calling 511 or by going online to www.kandrive.org. They also advise you to have a full tank of gas and an emergency kit in your vehicle -- and to have a fully-charged cell phone -- if you have to brave the elements.

Stay with KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media for updates. Make sure to connect with KVOE’s Twitter and Facebook pages for instant weather, travel and schedule adjustments if you have not already done so.

Click here for area schedule adjustments.

Noon Friday: Road crews planning for incoming snowstorm; up to 5 inches of snow still possible

Expect a heavy, wet snow across the KVOE listening area Friday night and Saturday morning. How much of that wet snow we get, however, is still to be determined.

TV-13 meteorologist Doug Meyers says a lot still hinges on the surface temperatures overnight. If temperatures stay above freezing, which is possible, our current forecast of up to 5 inches of snowfall will be trimmed. There is also an outside chance we could see a brief burst of sleet during the changeover.



Rainfall in place since mid-morning will start transitioning to snow by late afternoon and to all snow by mid-evening, if not sooner. Lyon County Assistant Road Supervisor Seth Snyder tells KVOE News crews are busy preparing Friday. He also says it's easier to clear the wet snow initially, although there are some related travel issues.

In the Emporia city limits, Street Supervisor Mike Dvorak says crews will be watching the air temperatures closely. If temperatures stay above 30 degrees, crews will salt arterials and so-called collector streets, or the highly-traveled residential streets, because the snow will be easier to melt and then clear with that treatment. If temperatures go below 30 degrees, streets will be bladed.

There has already been one weather-related schedule adjustment:

*Emporia State University's basketball doubleheader at Missouri Western has been pushed from Saturday to Sunday. Tip times are 2 pm for the women's game and 4 pm for the men's game. Coverage on Mix 104.9 FM, KVOE.com and the Mix 104.9 FM app begins at 1:40 pm Sunday.

If you have schedule adjustments to report, whether they are closings, cancellations, postponements or delays, call KVOE at 620-342-1400. You can also:

*Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
*Send a text to the Bluestem Farm and Ranch text line at 620-342-5863.
*Post your information directly to KVOE's Twitter and Facebook pages.

Winter weather advisories begin at 6 pm Friday across the KVOE listening area:

*Lyon, Coffey, Morris, Osage and Wabaunsee counties are in an advisory from 6 pm Friday to 6 pm Saturday. Up to 5 inches of snow are possible.
*Chase and Greenwood counties are in separate advisories from 6 pm Friday to noon Saturday. Chase County residents can expect up to 5 inches of snow, and there could be higher amounts in isolated spots. Greenwood County residents can expect up to 3 inches of snow.

Thanks to three different snowfalls in November, area residents already have seen more snowfall this season than we have in the past three years combined. Close to 10 inches fell in November as part of three separate events.

Stay with KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media for updates. If you haven't already done so, connect with KVOE's Twitter and Facebook pages for instant weather, travel and schedule adjustment updates this weekend.

5:45 am Friday: Up to 5 inches of snow now possible for KVOE listeners with incoming system

Light to moderate snow is in the forecast for Friday night and Saturday morning.


The National Weather Service has issued a batch of winter weather advisories for the KVOE listening area. TV-13 meteorologist Doug Meyers says it now appears most of the snow is coming Friday night instead of Saturday, as was in the original forecast, and it still appears a temperature swing of just a couple degrees could have a major impact on what we get by noon Saturday.

Officially:

*Lyon, Coffey, Morris, Osage and Wabaunsee counties are in an advisory from 6 pm Friday to 6 pm Saturday. Up to 5 inches of snow are possible.
*Chase and Greenwood counties are in separate advisories from 6 pm Friday to noon Saturday. Chase County residents can expect up to 5 inches of snow, and there could be higher amounts in isolated spots. Greenwood County residents can expect up to 3 inches of snow.

Blowing snow isn't as much of a concern as it could be Saturday because we'll get a heavy, wet snow instead of a more powdery snow. However, Meyers does anticipate slick travel conditions and some delays even after the snowfall ends.

Stay with KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media for updates. Also, connect with KVOE's Twitter and Facebook pages for instant weather and travel updates this weekend.

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